RIO GRANDE
1950, Paramount, 105 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

John Wayne stars as an officer defending settlers against Apaches on the Texas border when his estranged son shows up as a new Army recruit - followed by the boy’s mother (Maureen O’Hara), who wants her son back. The last of director John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy,” RIO GRANDE was the first of five pairings between Wayne and O’Hara (as well as the film debut of Wayne’s son Patrick). Costarring Ben Johnson and Victor McLaglen.


MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
1949, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Ernest B. Schoedsack

Inspired as a boy by the pioneering stop-motion work of Willis O’Brien on KING KONG, Ray Harryhausen got the chance to work with his hero years later - along with KING KONG co-director Ernest B. Schoedsack - on this marvelous adventure/fantasy story about a beautiful young woman (Terry Moore) and her best friend, a giant, kindhearted gorilla named Joe. In the end, Harryhausen wound up handling the majority of the visual effects for the film, including spectacular scenes of Joe destroying a nightclub. Academy Award winner for Best Visual Effects.


THE SEARCHERS
1956, Warner Bros., 119 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

John Wayne gives the performance of his career as Ethan Edwards, a deeply troubled Civil War veteran who heads off in search of his kidnapped niece (Natalie Wood) and becomes more obsessive and irrational as his journey progresses. Through Wayne's character, Ford explores the contradictions and dark side of the American frontier.


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